A newborn baby girl is recovering in the Humansdorp Hospital on Friday after police rescued her from a long-drop toilet, Eastern Cape police said.

Spokeswoman Warrant Officer Gerda Swart said the baby, named Precious, was a few days old.

“Precious had burn marks on her skin due to the acid in the long drop.”

Patensie police received a call from a local resident at 5.45pm on Wednesday about a child crying inside a long-drop.

“Police looked inside the toilet and saw the little baby kicking and screaming inside.

“The officers demolished the zinc construction... and Constable Frankie Williams jumped inside the opening and took the baby girl out of the sullage (sewage).”

Officers cleaned her, wrapped her in a towel and drove her to hospital.

The 25-year-old mother was arrested on Thursday. She appeared in the Patensie Magistrate's Court on a charge of attempted murder on Friday.

The case was postponed to June 12 and bail was set at R500. – Sapa